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Old 08-31-19, 02:20 AM
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Bernard Hinault 1982
Fuego!
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Originally Posted by Giuanin View Post

Bernard Hinault 1982
Renault Fuego.

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Hatchbacks

Loooooove hatchbacks. I have owned 4. Currently GF has a Honda Fit, which as previously mentioned, is fantastic for it's size. I have a Ford Fiesta ST, and although a hatch it's not as accommodating as the Fit. Fiesta can fit 60-63 w/o wheels bolted and some luggage easily. Have not tried multiple bikes yet.
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2019 VW station wagon

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We’ve really grown attached to VW the last few years.

We currently have a 2019 Golf Alltrack and a 2019 Golf R. Both are incredible cars. The Alltrack is seemingly built for MN. Great in all aspects in addition to mixed terrain and winter. The Golf R just puts a smile on your face. Good power in a car that size in addition to the 4motion is something that you just need to drive to experience.

Both fit bikes well with obviously the Alltrack having a ton more space.
Have a 2018 Sport wagon, front wheel drive, 5 speed, love it so far. A email from VW USA, and 2019 will be last year for any sport wagon, get one while you can...
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Originally Posted by Giuanin View Post

Bernard Hinault 1982
The badger appears to near blowing a gasket while shoving it in.

And how fitting, as every Foogie blew a head gasket.
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1999 Chevrolet Nomad concept.

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My sister just sold her 4 cyl. conv. which had little useful space but I would like to try an earlier Z3 in coupe. Sans sunroof, I-6, manual trans. Reliable and fun.


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Yeah, that's a bike car. See you in two weeks, dude!
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The LeCar was also a great bicycle vehicle. It was easy for the bike to tow, and held lots of stuff.


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Originally Posted by hobbs1951 View Post
Renault Fuego.

John.
Had one, Turbo actually. It was great for hauling bikes, not so great for staying running.
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The LeCar was also a great bicycle vehicle. It was easy for the bike to tow, and held lots of stuff.
BITD, after having EVERY component of a bike I built damaged/destroyed when I got rear-ended with it on a bumper-mount rack, I swore never to use one again. So I haven't had a car with a trunk since 1982. My first useful bike hauler was an '80 Dodge Omni 024 (VW Rabbit engine). We once got three people, three complete bikes and at least a couple handlebar bags of food INSIDE.

When I first met my wife, she was driving an '80 LeCar. Sloppiest shifter ever, quirkiest engine electronics known to man, rode like a buckboard. No overdrive; ran about 99,000 RPM at 60 MPH. On a quiet night you could hear it rusting. But one day when we wanted to go camping, my Omni was not running (not unusual...), so we managed to stuff both of us, both our bikes, and all our camping gear into the LeCar. It was a blast. And those little pizza-cutter tires got through the worst Detroit winters with aplomb.

And yes, it blew a head gasket.

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Originally Posted by Giuanin View Post

Bernard Hinault 1982
Renault Fuegos looked really cool when they came out in the 80's.
Unfortunately they were not well made. I still remember looking at a brand new Fuego at a dealership back then and discovering big gaps between the bodywork and the rear glass hatch where I could actually stick my fingers into the interior if the car with the hatch cover latched down. They also did not seem to last that long on the roads and quickly dissapeared after not so many years, most likely because they were not mechanically reliable....

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Old 09-09-19, 08:14 AM
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^^^^^^ Safety feature -- Bernard could slam the hatch down on the fingers of one of those onlookers, with no injury.
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I had one in Heather Mist, the 1995, and I thought it was the best minivan ever: 4-cyl got 25-28 mpg. Rear AC, good handling, sunroof. Rear doors were CAR doors, opened the same way and windows rolled down..
I'm the opposite, I wish my hatchback had sliding doors.. so handy in tight parking spots.

I do like that era of hondas. D, B, F, H, all great engines! Frugal on gas and reliable.
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Mazda 5 for the win. Too bad they are no longer made.

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My 2007 Prius will hold two bikes if I take the wheels off and it gets 50 miles to the gallon.
With the seats folded down we can get two bikes in without pulling the wheels. We have a 2009 and a 2018.
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Originally Posted by jetboy View Post
its always funny how many vintage bike people also had alfa romeo. I have had 3 spiders and one gtv (oh.. the RUST!.. it was an import from Canada...) and would love another gtv but the prices are outrageous now.

I also had a Lancia for a minute. I should have kept it but i had a money crisis and had to let it go. I regret that quite a bit. of course.. I still have 2 Moto Morini and a Guzzi to keep me happy...

to stay on topic: We recently got a Kia Soul (so +1 to earlier posts), which is a decent little cheap hatchback- sort of like a mini ford transit. we got an older model (I have yet to ever buy anything vehicle related that was new until this year! electric bicycle for my wife! ok.. maybe a skateboard or two before that)which are a bit larger and less "cool"- basically a box. good for bikes and all sorts of things!
Wasn't it Moto Morini that designed a motorcycle with a 250 cc transverse inline four? I recall the old Cycle World said it would spin up to 10000 rpm. Now Bill's CB400 could do the same, but this did not have the technical might of Honda behind it!
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Originally Posted by jetboy View Post
its always funny how many vintage bike people also had alfa romeo. I have had 3 spiders and one gtv (oh.. the RUST!.. it was an import from Canada...) and would love another gtv but the prices are outrageous now.

I also had a Lancia for a minute. I should have kept it but i had a money crisis and had to let it go. I regret that quite a bit. of course.. I still have 2 Moto Morini and a Guzzi to keep me happy...

to stay on topic: We recently got a Kia Soul (so +1 to earlier posts), which is a decent little cheap hatchback- sort of like a mini ford transit. we got an older model (I have yet to ever buy anything vehicle related that was new until this year! electric bicycle for my wife! ok.. maybe a skateboard or two before that)which are a bit larger and less "cool"- basically a box. good for bikes and all sorts of things!
I had a chance to buy a beautiful, red Alfa GTV6, back in the early 90's from a co-worker.
It looked to be in great condition, with no signs of rust bring a CA car. He was selling it for $9K and I was ready to buy it when my co-worker started to tell me what needs attention on the car. He said the sunroof works, but I should never use it because it will get stuck open for sure. The other problem was, the car would suddenly die on the road after some miles and you have to pull over to let it cool down before it will start again. He had it looked at by the Alfa dealership and an independent Alfa specialist numerous times and they just could not fix it (and the owner said frankly, that's why he is selling it)..... that's when I immediately pulled the plug on my dreams to own a GTV6.... still kinda kicking myself these days for not taking the plunge (The GTV6s are now selling for a lot more money these days and is now considered a classic), but I needed a daily driver back then and the GTV6 was not the answer....
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Originally Posted by Chombi1 View Post
I had a chance to buy a beautiful, red Alfa GTV6, back in the early 90's from a co-worker.
It looked to be in great condition, with no signs of rust bring a CA car. He was selling it for $9K and I was ready to buy it when my co-worker started to tell me what needs attention on the car. He said the sunroof works, but I should never use it because it will get stuck open for sure. The other problem was, the car would suddenly die on the road after some miles and you have to pull over to let it cool down before it will start again. He had it looked at by the Alfa dealership and an independent Alfa specialist numerous times and they just could not fix it (and the owner said frankly, that's why he is selling it)..... that's when I immediately pulled the plug on my dreams to own a GTV6.... still kinda kicking myself these days for not taking the plunge (The GTV6s are now selling for a lot more money these days and is now considered a classic), but I needed a daily driver back then and the GTV6 was not the answer....
no a gtv6 is got a good daily driver. but it is great in every other way. that said, I did use a 76 spider for my daily for quite a while. and... to stay on topic again.. a convertible is actually a great vehicle for hauling things. I hauled a full sized couch in my spider once. I also fit a triumph 250 in the back of my rabbit cabrio. once you no longer have to worry about a roof you have a lot more room than you think. Just strap it down and let the rest stick out. I'd totally haul lumber in my spider!
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VW Touran, Golf-based minivan. 1st version was 4,39m short (14.4ft), 1,80m (5,9ft) wide, 1,65 (5,6ft) high, and i once brouht 6 full bikes in it (*in* it) to a bikeshow. With the 170hp diesel engine, it wasn't slow, either; 9s to 100km/h and 215km/h (135mph), and i got reliably ~40mpg out of it.

We also did a weekend trip Munich-Madrid-Munich (4000km) once, with 5 adults. No one complained about lack of space or comfort.






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With the seats folded down we can get two bikes in without pulling the wheels. We have a 2009 and a 2018.
I've only put 2 bikes in mine once, and it seemed easier to pull the wheels. I guess I could have wedged them in there with the wheels on. All my other cars have hitch receivers, so putting bikes in cars is not something I do very often. In fact, if I thought I would start using my prius to haul bikes, I'd put a hitch receiver on it.
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VW Touran, Golf-based minivan. 1st version was 4,39m short (14.4ft), 1,80m (5,9ft) wide, 1,65 (5,6ft) high, and i once brouht 6 full bikes in it (*in* it) to a bikeshow. With the 170hp diesel engine, it wasn't slow, either; 9s to 100km/h and 215km/h (135mph), and i got reliably ~40mpg out of it.

We also did a weekend trip Munich-Madrid-Munich (4000km) once, with 5 adults. No one complained about lack of space or comfort.





Marti, this is the car I wish VW would bring to the US market!
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VW Touran, Golf-based minivan. 1st version was 4,39m short (14.4ft), 1,80m (5,9ft) wide, 1,65 (5,6ft) high, and i once brouht 6 full bikes in it (*in* it) to a bikeshow. With the 170hp diesel engine, it wasn't slow, either; 9s to 100km/h and 215km/h (135mph), and i got reliably ~40mpg out of it.

We also did a weekend trip Munich-Madrid-Munich (4000km) once, with 5 adults. No one complained about lack of space or comfort.





I wish VW sold this in the USA!
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I've only put 2 bikes in mine once, and it seemed easier to pull the wheels. I guess I could have wedged them in there with the wheels on. All my other cars have hitch receivers, so putting bikes in cars is not something I do very often. In fact, if I thought I would start using my prius to haul bikes, I'd put a hitch receiver on it.
The way we do it there's no wedging. The bottom bike goes in rear wheel first, the long way, drive side up. The upper one goes in front first, drive side down. I put a thick blanket over the bottom bike before loading in the top bike. A helper is good to get the top bike situated best.
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